A Grace Full Life: Working With What Ya Got- How I Became The Coolest Mom On The Block

8.13.2012

Working With What Ya Got- How I Became The Coolest Mom On The Block

I really never show my kids on this blog.
Don't be offended.
It's not you.
Its the crazies who are out there.
And we alllllll know they are out there.
So if I do show a picture of them, it is either of their back to the camera or them off in the distance.
I am just a little kooky like that.
So I rarely show them but then I realized I really never do any kid related projects or makeovers on the blog.
Until today.


As you know, my oldest was away for a week in Minnesota a few weeks ago.
And I like to plan little surprises for her when she is away to come home to because it isn't always an easy week for her.
So I worked feverishly on the nightstand re-do that I showed you here.
Then I was really inspired because I had leftover paint and this desk was just sitting in her room.
All innocent like.....


See, I took all the drawers out and took them one by one down two flights of steps before I realized I had not, yet again, taken the important before picture.
So I was not gonna carry them back up to take the picture.
I love you all.
Just not that much.

The above desk was bestie Rebecca's daughter's desk.
We were given it a few years ago and it was awesome when we first got it.
But after a few years of my girls getting ahold of it, well.....it was bad news.
And I say girl(s) plural because when my youngest was in her Picasso stage, she would sneak in to her sister's room and draw all over the top of the desk.
With permanent ink.
No amount of scrubbing or magic eraser was gonna budge those marks.
So my mom guilt was getting to me.
I wanted something special for my oldest.
Since she is so special to us.




Here are the drawers to the desk in the garage waiting to get spray painted.






Then here is a tip I learned on....wait for it......Pinterest.
Put tin foil on the knobs so you don't have to take each one off.
Because if you have ever had to paint anything with lots of knobs that you won't be removing?
Yeah, lots of work.
                                                              Or maybe that's just lazy me.

I got her new knobs for this desk at the beginning of summer at Hob Lob during a 50% off event.
And they go perfectly for the color scheme she and I are planning on for her room.
Less bubblegum pink, girly girl, elementary school and more tweenager, independent, tomboy becoming a young woman, not embarrassed to let your friends see your room look.





Then I began spraying the drawers with the leftover Winter Gray from Rustoleum that I used for her nightstand makeover.

Then I painted the desk the same color.
And had an epiphany.
One of her friends has a wall in her bedroom painted with chalkboard paint......which I still plan on doing for her eventually..........but knew she loved it and thought how cool to paint the top of the desk in chalkboard paint??
Annnnnnnd I had some in the garage already!!!


Here it is all finished:

OK I see that I missed a few spots with the gray paint but I was in a hurry.
                         In that I wanted this to be done for her return home to surprise her.
And since then, I haven't had a chance to repaint it.
But she loves how it looks all vintage and stuff.
I am so lucky my family's standards are low.




The top is painted with the chalkboard paint.





The chair is from IKEA from like eons ago.
Eons = five years ago.

                       I painted the chair yellow back in the beginning of summer.
The color is Warm Yellow by Rustoleum.






Ignore the wall color.
That is our next project.
I am waiting until it cools off a little to open windows.






Cost breakdown:

- desk = free to us...thanks Rebecca!

- chair = Ikea....have no idea how much it was. Again, eons ago.

- spray paint = already had. It would cost you about 10 bucks in spray paint if you went out and bought it today.

- knobs = I wanna say I paid around 18 dollars for all 7 knobs at Hobby Lobby during one of their sales.
Do not, I repeat, DO NOT buy those knobs there for full price.
They run those sales every other week,
And please do not buy your knobs at World Market or Anthropologie unless they are on sale or clearance.
They are WAAAAAY over priced and you can find the exact same ones at Hob Lob.
By the way, Hob Lob doesn't pay me to say this.
They should.
But they don't.

So a free makeover for me and a relatively cheap makeover for you!





10 comments:

  1. What a sweet surprise! Love everything about it, especially your heart behind it :) I'm in the process of re-doing a desk for my daughter, too, hopefully it will be up and posted this week!
    would love for you to come share with us at the Back to School Resource link up at http://www.mercyinkblog.com/back-to-school-tips-tricks-tools and/or our regular weekly link party (tues-sun). we'd love to have you!!! :)
    blessings,
    lauren

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  2. I love the desk! I bet your daughter will enjoy the chalkboard. Now if only adults could put chalkboard paint on their desktops at work...

    Have a wonderful Thursday!

    Lizzy

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  3. What a fun surprise for her to come to! Great tip with the foil!

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  4. What a fun surprise for your daughter to come home to! And thanks for sharing it at my party!

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  5. @Keri- she was so surprised!! She loves it too which made me even happier!

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  6. What a sweet surprise to come home to!! I love how the desk turned out! :)

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  7. LOVE this idea! it looks super amazing!!!!
    New follower from the sat link up!
    Misty @ http://monkeysandtutus.blogspot.com

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  8. GREAT idea! I like the idea of being able to write on a desktop (and not be in trouble for it!). Smashing!

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  9. How fun! She's going to love it. Thanks so much for sharing this on Fabulous Friday at Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust. Please do come back again next week. I'd love to see what else you've got going on.

    Warmly, Michelle

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  10. Very fun and cute outcome! Thanks for sharing at our link party. Take care, Laura

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